With back-to-school upon us, Kampers are tucking away their summer trunks and swimsuits and replacing them with new backpacks and first-day-of-school outfits. Students will pour through their new class schedules and in the upcoming year, they will learn all sorts of new lessons in English, science and math. What students can also do is look back on the lessons learned during their summer terms at Kanakuk Kamps and apply them to transitioning back to school.
Here are the top five lessons learned at Kamp that can help you throughout the school year:
1. Meet new friends.
Kamp brings together all sorts of people from different walks of life and from different parts of the country. This year, as you head back to school, remember to meet new people and create new friendships. Find something you have in common with someone new and invite them to hang out with some of your older friends. It’s important to choose good friends and have someone you can count on. Maybe you can even ask someone to be your accountability partner for the school year. Summer camp brings people together, and you can bring people together and continue in the Kamp spirit by doing so during the school year too.
2. Try new activities.
Did you bring out your adventurous side this summer and try a new Kamp activity? Maybe you practiced archery for the first time or glided down the tallest zip line at Kanakuk. You don’t have to be at Kamp to maintain your adventurous spirit! This school year, join a new club, play a new instrument or try out for a different sports team. You never know what you are going to love to do if you don’t try it!
3. Maintain a balanced schedule.
At Kamp, there is an appropriate time for everything (even if you don’t wear a watch so you don’t know what time it is!). And although Kamp activities are all fun, your time at Kanakuk wouldn’t be as much fun if you did the same activity every single day. The same thing holds true for the school year. Keep up with a balanced schedule. Spend time hanging out with friends and practicing sports, but also remember to plan out appropriate time to do homework and study too. It’s also important to set aside some time for God, so maybe you can choose a particular time of day to dedicate to Him. Success is all about balance, and your time at Kamp has helped prepare you for that.
4. Keep up with your personal responsibilities.
mentioned that Kamp taught him how to properly make his twin bunk bed and manage the amount of dirty and clean clothes he had. As you start your own back-to-school routine, keep up with your personal responsibilities at home. Don’t forget to make your bed in the morning. Maybe you can pack your own lunch. If you maintain your personal responsibilities, it will be easy to lend a helping hand to others too.
5. Remember “I’m Third.”
Kamp has instilled the “I’m Third” spirit in your life: serve God first, others second and I’m third. What can you do this school year to serve others? Perhaps you can help a classmate study in a subject that you excel at. You can offer to help Mom and Dad by offering to do some laundry for the family, set the table or unload the dishwasher. Maybe you can help keep your school clean by picking up extra trash that you see laying on the ground. Live out the “I’m Third” spirit in all aspects of your life.
The new school year gives you a fresh start with new notebooks, new pens and, most importantly, a clean slate. What are some things you learned at Kamp that you can implement during your back-to-school routine? What will you continue to do as you start the new school year?